The rabbit hole of literature opens up a world of imagination and ideas that are endlessly fascinating to the curious reader. As an academic, Dr Kirstin Mills investigates the elusive, exciting and mysterious connections between literature and the different ways that writers engage with the unknown worlds of the supernatural, the uncanny, dreams, and the mind. Her research focuses broadly on the Gothic from 1750 to the present day, as well as fantastic literature of the long nineteenth century. She is particularly interested in the intersection of literature and science during this period, and the ways that literature was used to understand and explore many of the period’s most challenging and exciting ideas about possible extensions to and alterations of reality.
Kirstin earned her Ph.D. in English Literature from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, with a doctoral thesis entitled Imagined Worlds: The Role of Dreams, Space, and the Supernatural in the Evolution of Victorian Fantasy (2014). She earned her BA(Hons) from the same university with a thesis examining the intersections of psychology and epic fantasy in Beowulf and Tolkien. She has since published research in a range of formats from journals and books to podcasts and interviews, presented her research at conferences and events, and blogs about her research.
‘Frankenstein in Hyperspace: The Return of Digital Technologies to the Origins of Virtual Space in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.’ Global Frankenstein. Ed. Carol Margaret Davison and Marie Mulvey-Roberts. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
Available via Publisher’s Website.
‘Dreaming into Hyperspace: The Victorian Spatial Imagination and the Origins of Modern Fantasy in MacDonald and Carroll.’ Informing the Inklings: George MacDonald and the Victorian Roots of Modern Fantasy. Ed. M. J. Partridge and Kirstin Jeffrey-Johnson. Winged Lion Press, 2018.
Available on Amazon.
The Gothic, Nineteenth Century Literature, Romantic Literature, Victorian Literature, Fantasy, British Literature, Literature and Science, Literature and Psychology, the Supernatural, Space, Dreams, Representations of the Mind, Literature and Place, Hauntology, Folklore, Fairy Tales, Children’s Literature, Medieval Literature, Illustration and Art.
Kirstin is currently preparing her first monograph based on her PhD thesis. She is also writing several chapters on the Gothic for upcoming book publications.
If you wish to contact Kirstin about future projects or collaborations, please do so [here].
– The George MacDonald Society (Twitter Manager)
– British Association for Victorian Studies
– Australasian Victorian Studies Association
– The Lewis Carroll Society
Kirstin presents her research and has organised panel discussions for many international conferences and events. She has been awarded several bursaries, and has written – and filmed documentaries – about many of these events.
Find out about upcoming dates and read about past events HERE.
Kirstin is passionate about sharing the joys of literature and research with students, and stoking their imagination, excitement, critical thinking and academic writing skills. With a decade of teaching experience, she incorporates her research into her teaching to offer students exciting insights into the state of the field. She particularly enjoys helping students see literary studies as a lens through which to conceptualise and critique contemporary life, politics and society. She currently teaches in the Department of English at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, including courses on Gothic Literature, Children’s Literature, Contemporary Literature, and Narrative Theory.